Pestis Inferos – Beyond The Veil of Light

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Self-released
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://pestisinferos.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pestisinferos/

Band Line-up:

Llord Diabolus – Bass Invocations
The Pale Horse – Artillery, Voices
Svartherre – Guitar, Chants

Tracklisting:

1. From Throne to Funeral
2. Within the Darkness, I Dwell
3. Invoking the Sigil
4. Fine Line of Salvation
5. Poison Falling Star

Review:

Last year, the drummer of Pestis Infernos, who goes by the name of ‘Pale Horse’ was looking to start a new project. (He is also a part of the bands Disfigured Dead and NilExistence). Llord Diabolus (ex Violent Fury) soon joined him, along with Svartherre (also of Disfigured Dead and NilExistence), and the group was fully formed. The trio are a black metal ensemble who will be self-releasing their five song debut EP ‘Beyond The Veil of Light’ on 24th June. They also worship the band Darkthrone and their goal of sounding like them has been accomplished. 

It’s hard to understand why countless bands of this genre have the need to sound more or less exactly the same as each other. Sure, if you like the sound of the music, go ahead and write and perform it, and if you like collecting obscure, though samey material from bands that have little chance of true success (so do I) carry on being you. However, like people who spend their whole lives speedrunning Super Mario on the first Nintendo Entertainment System, PI’s and your behaviour could be considered somewhat pointless and it certainly isn’t exactly living life to the full. What’s wrong with experimentation?

Ok, the music is pretty well written (other than perhaps the slightly over-the-top and distracting drums), the bass lines don’t always simply mimic the guitars, the structures flow and feature plenty of surprises that aren’t out of place and the harmony is darkly colourful. However, to many that will simply not be enough. If this stuff came out in the early 90s, it would get a very respectful 4 out of 5, but considering the fact many years have passed since then and BtVoL has demonstrated no progress, it gets a 2.5 out of 5. How would you feel if you’re a gamer and instead of the latest Playstation being around, you had to buy another version of NES Super Mario? It’s the same thing. 

To sum up and for the final time, what’s the point, really? Blast beats, tremolo picking, screams, blast beats, tremolo picking, screams, on and on for decades. I don’t care if the band want to sound like their heroes. However, if you are new to black metal, this album would make a very decent starter. It would be a little weird considering the fact PI aren’t exactly as famous as bands such as Darkthrone, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. But don’t take my word for it, check out the music below, which is still strong in many ways!

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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